Photography and Design

Photography and design for books, leaflets and interpretative material.

Stained Glass Research

Links for research concerning stained glass in churches in Wales.

Saints' Cults in Wales

A four-year research project editing medieval Welsh texts about saints in Wales.

Detail of woodwork at Hafod.
Stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo.
Scene from the Life of St Winifrede, at Holywell.

Sulien Books

art and craft, ancient and modern

News and events

Stained glass image of St James, Llanasa.Stories of the Saints

Exhibition at the National Library of Wales 18 February – 10 June 2017

I have been co-curating an exhibition of medieval and early modern manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, as part of my work on 'The Cult of Saints in Wales' project.

In 2017, the Year of Legends, the exhibition remembers the stories of the saints that were once plentiful in medieval Wales, although many are forgotten today. The lives of these early saints, their genealogies, and poetry addressed to them, are preserved in manuscripts that are being exhibited at the National Library of Wales. This exhibition demonstrates the survival of medieval traditions about the holy men and women who represent an important part of Welsh cultural inheritance.

In addition to the manuscripts, there are other items from the National Library collection on display, and photographs of surviving medieval images of saints from my photographic archive. As well as co-writing some of the material with my colleague David Parsons, I also designed all of the interpretative material.

 

Stained glass image of St James, Llanasa.Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae: The Latin Lives of the Welsh Saints

Following the success of a recent funding application to the Arts and Humanities Research Council, my current project at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, 'The Cult of Saints in Wales', will be succeeded by a new project that begins in January 2017.

This new project is based at the University of Cambridge and will be run in collaboration with the Centre, led by Professor Paul Russell. The project continues the work of editing and translating medieval texts about saints in Wales, but turns our attention from Welsh-language texts to Latin ones.

The projects overlap for a few months, as the 'Cult of Saints in Wales' officially concludes in March. We are presently completing the interpretation for the forthcoming exhibition 'Chwedlau'r Seintiau' / 'Stories of the Saints' at the National Library of Wales, which opens in February.

 

New book on the stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo now available

This new book about the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo, in northern Anglesey, is the most ambitious book published to date by Sulien Books.

The text is primarily the work of the late J.O. Hughes and his wife Catherine Hughes, and their notes were prepared by Avril Lloyd for publication, who also oversaw the translation for a parallel Welsh text. The book provides an introduction to the church and its patrons, which also explains how the stained glass was acquired by the family. There are illustrations and notes for all of the main panels.

In addition, I added a section about the dating and attribution of the glass, which has been a subject of debate for the last thirty-five years or more. I also contributed an article about the sixteenth-century glass for the November issue (104) of Vidimus. Copies of the book, with parallel English and Welsh texts, can be obtained from the church or from the Sulien Books website.

 

 

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Research projects

I have been based at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies since 1999. For a brief summary of the projects that I have been involved in at the Centre, see my staff page.